Will the Daytime Emmys finally give Kristian Alfonso her due? She has played Hope Williams Brady on “Days of Our Lives” since 1983, but she only has one nomination to show for it: Best Younger Actress in 1985 (losing to Tracey E. Bregman for “The Young and the Restless”). Now one of the most beloved and longest running actors on the show’s canvas, she’s pre-nominated for Best Actress. Can she finally make a comeback?
According to our latest racetrack odds, yes she will. She ranks fifth in our predictions with 5/1 odds, which puts her in line for her overdue first nomination as a leading lady. The award is ultimately expected to go to Heather Tom (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), but not everyone agrees. Three of our Top 24 Users (who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Daytime Emmy nominations) think Alfonso will win. And one of our All-Star Top 24 (who scored highest when you combine the last two years’ nominations) is betting on her to prevail as well.
Sometimes it takes the TV academy a few years to catch up. Consider Alfonso’s former “Days” co-star Alison Sweeney, who spent more than 20 years on the soap before she finally received her first Emmy nomination for Best Actress in 2015. And in 2014 voters finally gave Best Actress to daytime veteran Eileen Davidson for her most recent stint on “Days.” In fact, after years of “Days” being drastically underrepresented in the Best Actress race — it went from 1999 to 2011 without a single nomination in the category — the NBC serial has lately been getting its revenge. It has earned eight Best Actress noms in the last five years alone and won twice in the last three years: after Davidson’s victory Mary Beth Evans pulled off an upset in 2016.
So it often pays to be patient. Just ask the Daytime Emmys’ most famous bridesmaid, Susan Lucci, who had to endure 18 losses before she finally won Best Actress for “All My Children” in 1999. Voters usually come around eventually.
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